4/5/11

Day 126 - 18 Years Ago...

18 years ago I played my trumpet for the last time until today.  Let's back this up just a little.  A couple of months ago I asked my pastor if we had a brass choir for Easter at our church.  She said that there was not, but they could if they had someone to play the trumpet.  I told her, "I play the trumpet!"  So, the brass choir was born!

I probably should have said, "I played the trumpet 18 years ago."  That's a little more honest.  Even more honest is that 18 years ago I was only "okay" at playing the trumpet.  Now I am playing in a brass choir for two hymns and the anthem on Easter Sunday.  Oh, what have I gotten myself into?

Yesterday I got the music and today I practiced.  Let's just say, I'm less good than I was 18 years ago, plus after one song my mouth is so tired I cannot hit the low or high registers.  Yikes!  Looks like I will be practicing every day for the next two weeks!

I will say that while I am a little nervous about this undertaking, I am equally excited!  I feel like in the past year I have found myself again.  I was a musician in high school; a band geek if you will.  I loved playing music.  I played piano, trumpet and bassoon.  I went to band camp every summer.  I was in my concert and jazz bands plus a community band in Concord.  I made All-State three separate years.  Then, for some reason that I cannot really recall, I lost focus and gave it all up.  Well, it's back.  I'm back!!

9 comments:

  1. How cool is that picture??? I love it and the DOF is amazing. It suits your story so well. Good luck with your practicing and let us know how it goes. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it if you practice the next two weeks. :)

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  2. Love that you can see the room in the reflection. Good for you for picking it back up. I wish I could play an instrument and I love that Matthew decided to be in band this year-he's playing the sax :-)

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  3. That's great! I bet you are awesome. Maybe your kiddos will follow suit!

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  4. I commend you for picking it back up and performing. If I dared pick up my old saxophone, it would sound like a cat stuck in the dryer.

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  5. Good luck with your practicing. I think it is commendable that you have taken it up again. Since it is for church, maybe you will have blessings from above to help you perfect it.

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  6. Wow, now I know you're Super Mom. Is there anything you don't or can't do?

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  7. That's amazing! I'm sure you're going to do just fine. I can't even remember how to read music. So I, for one, would be up the creek. LOL. Great photo!

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  8. Oh yay! Good on you I need to get a flute and start up again. You will do great I am sure!

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  9. Beautiful! I love this perspective.

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